The Academic Minute

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, The Academic Minute features a different professor each day, drawing experts from top research institutions. You'll enjoy topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace. 



  • Friday, December 19, 2014 12:01am
      Not everyone takes the traditional four-year path through the university system. Joni Finney, professor at The University of Pennsylvania, discusses some non-standard routes toward graduation. Dr. Joni Finney is Director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE) and Professor of Practice at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania. […]
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:01am
    The tone of a written passage can fully influence how it is comprehended. Dr. Richard Lachmann, a political sociologist at The University at Albany (SUNY), is studying the shifting tonality of textbooks especially in their treatment of war. Richard Lachmann (Ph.D. Harvard 1983) is professor of sociology at the University at Albany, State University of […]
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:54am
    As always, host Bob Barrett selects an Academic Minute to air during The Best of Our Knowledge. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education. For this week‘s edition (#1265), Bob has selected Dr. […]
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:01am
    The way the brain processes faces, especially familiar faces, is still something of a mystery. Volker Thoma, a psychologist at The University of East London, is working to improve our neurological and psychological understanding of facial recognition. Dr Volker Thoma FHEA received an MSc (Dipl. Psych) from the University of Regensburg, Germany and worked as […]
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:01am
    How can we best improve communities as a whole? Dr. Leah Levac, a political scientist at The University of Guelph, is attempting to answer that questions through the creation of a vitality index that measures well-being. Dr. Leah Levac is an Assistant Professor of Community Engaged Scholarship, based in the Department of Political Science at […]